The Adrian Dominican Sisters have long been engaged, individually and communally, in efforts to protect the integrity of creation and bring about a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. The Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation coordinates these efforts by bringing to light injustices and recommending ways to take action.
Click here to view a PDF of Greening My Footprint, a monthly email in English and Spanish that offers ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
April 22, 2018, is the 48th anniversary of Earth Day. All over the world, communities celebrate Earth Day by taking action and raising awareness of our need to preserve and protect Earth our Home.
The theme for Earth Day 2018 is: END PLASTIC POLLUTION
“From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.” - Earth Day Network
In celebration of Earth Day, Catholic Climate Covenant is raising awareness through Pope Francis’s inspiration: Beyond a Throwaway Culture: Reduce Waste – Grow Community.
Pope Francis, in his encyclical, Laudato Si’, cites the single use of disposable plastics as a major contributor to our “throwaway culture.” Perhaps, Pope Francis has been the inspiration for this year’s Earth Day theme.
In preparation for Earth Day 2018:
March for Our Lives, a movement begun by the student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, has inspired a nation and the world to act for sensible gun safety measures. The Brady Campaign is a huge supporter of the students and says ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Learn about "Brady Three Point Plan."
This the next phase of the movement. In their speeches on March 24th, the student organizers have committed to making their generation the generation to end the epidemic of mass shootings in our country.
The next leg of the march is toward the November 2018 midterm elections. Learn more about #NEVER AGAIN!
IHM Monthly Mobilization to Prevent Gun Violence: Support Gun Violence Research
In the past five years, there have been nearly 300 school shootings and more than 1,300 mass shootings. Gun violence has killed more than 65,750 people, with communities of color facing a massively disproportionate risk of gun injury or death. As the March for Our Lives demonstrated, the public demand for action is growing.
Because of increased pressure during last month's budget negotiations, Congress has made one promising move on this public health crisis by opening the door for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct gun violence research. This research had been effectively banned for more than two decades. This is one of the most opportune times in recent history: let's pave the way for federal science to help us shape solutions to end the epidemic of gun violence.
With the new clarity in the federal budget that the CDC can research gun violence, the next step is to make that research a reality. Click here to call on Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, to issue guidance to CDC scientists to resume research on gun violence.
Then, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-240-9691 and let us know that you took action so that we can tally this month’s efforts. Please share this announcement with family and friends and invite them to join you in taking action.
Good news! Both the House and the Senate have passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) Bill and it’s on the way to the President’s desk.
“FOSTA set out to establish a meaningful criminal deterrent so that fewer businesses would ever enter the online sex trafficking industry. Websites would voluntarily adopt policies to better ensure that people aren’t victimized on their platforms, and fewer victims would be sold in the U.S. Illegal commercial sex advertising platforms and forums have been blowing up, indicating that Congress has taken a powerful first step.”
The Dreamers are still without a permanent solution. Congress has failed to act and pass a clean Dream Act. In fact, it seems as if Congress and the President are all using DACA recipients as “pawns” and play political games with their lives and future. Take action and call your legislators and urge them to protect the Dreamers from deportation. Go to Network for call-in information.
Find out what is happening with the Dreamers today as they continue to wait for a permanent solution.
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. Learn the fundamental principles of the Poor People’s Campaign.
Find out if there is a Poor People’s Campaign Chapter in your state: Google Poor People’s Campaign plus your city or state.
Forty Days of Action
Beginning on Sunday, May 13th, all across the nation, individuals and organizations will participate in 40 days of moral resistance. Look for announcements in your area or join the campaign.